Seeds of Hope and Habitat: California native plants in gardens and small farms

NOW is the time of year to plan and plant for next year's water use restrictions and there’s no better way to meet those guidelines than with California native plants.

Learn from native plant specialist Janice Kuch about the role native plants play in an agricultural context as hosts for beneficial native insects and birds and as cover crops. Learn about the traditional uses of these plants by Indigenous peoples and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape or home garden with low-effort soil preparation for low water-use plantings with beautiful flowers and form.

The lecture for this workshop will be  available online and in person. Those who can attend in person will go home with a selection of complimentary seeds, including white sage seed, to plant at home. At the end of the workshop, for those who’d like to stay, we’ll take a brief tour of the UCSC Farm’s native hedgerows and medicinal herb garden.

Space is limited, cost is $20 for in-person, $5 suggested for online attendees. Email with requests for accomodations.

About the instructor:

Janice Kuch is a certified Master Gardener who always enjoyed gardening in her hometown of Chicago. She began gardening with native plants in southern California in 2004. Since living on the central coast, she has been involved with various local habitat restoration projects, is part of the native plant group at the UCSC Arboretum and is currently a volunteer with the Amah Mutsun Land Trust coastal prairie restoration project. Janice also coordinated a large donation of seed to UCSC's Demeter Seed Library.

COVID-19 precautions: This is an indoor and outdoor event. We recommend all participants be fully vaccinated, wear masks and maintain 6' of distance. The instructor is fully vaccinated

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Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Hay Barn
1008 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students




$20 for in person; $5 suggested donation for Zoom webinar

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